Desert Photo Retreat Update

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I’m happy to report that my automatic water system and bird feeder both worked great this past summer despite some damage to the water lines by javelina. We had all the regular visitors including a couple of types of owls, skunks along with the wildlife I’m showing here from the game cam. Best news – looks like our fox pair had 4 offspring! Click on each photo for a description and some interesting details.

Our javelinas had two little babies.
Beautiful bobcat was another occasional visitor.
Red-tailed hawk was a regular.
Six gray fox in one photo! It might be easier to spot if you could see the frames before and after this one, but there are 4 at the water, one on the pipe (pushing it down brings out extra water) and one more in the wash. I believe this is the adult pair and 4 offspring.
So the javelina dug up the water line, and then eventually broke the pipe. This left the remainder sticking up in the air, and probably reduced the amount of water, but it still worked. I replace and reburied the pipe last week.

What is funny is that they started to figure out the timing of the water, and would lay in wait which is what you see here.
We have cottontail rabbits on the property all the time, and I see black tailed jackrabbits frequently about a mile and a half away. This was the first sighting of a jackrabbit on the property.
Even deer
Coyotes visited a few times, including two one night.

Tucson Bound

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Bobcat
Bobcat from last May at the Desert Photo Retreat, Arizona.

Heading down to Tucson for a couple of nights to refill the water system and automatic bird feeder – can’t wait to check the trail cams to see how our wildlife is doing! This bobcat was from our last night at the Desert Photo Retreat in May.

Used Canon Camera Gear For Sale

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Lots of Canon camera equipment for sale!

I’m selling most of my Canon camera gear as I transition to a 4/3 Olympus system. I think these are excellent prices – much less then you would pay for used gear at a retailers, and I tried to be at least 10% less from what the gear was typically selling for on Ebay. I would rather not hassle with Ebay, and they charge a almost 10% commission, so I might as well pass that savings on if possible. I have plenty of photos of everything, and I’m happy to answer questions or provide more images. Unless I say otherwise, I have the original box, caps, manual and cloth bags. Most everything is in really good condition. Shipping is extra, and I can get you estimates of shipping costs. Here they are:

Still Available

Canon 24 mm Tilt / Shift lens $500. A great landscape and architecture lens. Includes, box, manuals, caps and case. Priority mail shipping, $15.

Canon 45mm Tilt / Shift lens $500. Another great landscape lens. Also great for panoramics. I have the box, caps, case but not the manual which can be downloaded online. Priority mail shipping, $15.

Canon 24-105 F/4 IS lenses. $350, . Have boxes and everything. The more expensive one was recently serviced and has a new front element. The other one has a slight scratch on the lens that doesn’t show in photos. These are not the kit lenses. Priority mail shipping, $15.

Canon 100mm Macro f/2.8 $200. Very sharp macro lens. This is not the IS version. I don’t have the box, manual or cap for this one for some reason. I’m still looking. Priority mail shipping, $15.

Metabones Canon EF to Emount T Mark IV for adapting Canon lens to Sony cameras, $200. Barely used. Have box and case. Priority mail shipping, $15.

Sold

Canon 500 f/4 II $5,200. This is a beloved lens, very sharp. I have had it is a lens coat (included) from the beginning, and it also includes a low profile RRS foot along with the two original feet. There are a couple of nicks on the body, I have photos. The glass is in great shape. Many of these are selling for over $6,000 on Ebay.

Sold Canon 100-400 II $1,100. Another one of my favorites. It has the original case which I haven’t used. Lens is in great shape.

SOLD Canon 5D IV Camera $1,800. Sold Camera is in great condition. Have box, cables charger and everything. Had the camera cleaned by Canon Professional Services this Spring. Add $100 for the RRS L bracket – must have IMO.

Canon 24-105 F/4 IS lenses. $375, . Have boxes and everything. The more expensive one was recently serviced and has a new front element. The other one has a slight scratch on the lens that doesn’t show in photos. These are not the kit lenses.

2x Extender III, $225. Perfect extender for the 500 mm telephoto.

1.4x Extender, $90. All great with the telephotos, Do note, this is the original extender.

Sold – 16-35 f/4 $550. This is my newest lens – almost mint condition. Have everything.

15mm Fisheye f/2.8 $300. This is a fun lens!

Alaska Bear Photo Tour 2020

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A brown bear in a field of lupine, Lake Clark National Park, Alaska.
A brown bear in a field of lupine, Lake Clark National Park, Alaska.

This was from one of two wonderful Alaska Brown Bear Photo Tours from this past June. The wildflowers were amazing this year – I have been trying to capture an image of a bear in the lupine for years. This year we had opportunities on both trips! Plus, big boars, eagles, puffin and so much more.

Historically, this has been my most popular trip, and the first to fill. Next year, for whatever reason, it is my only trip not sold out for 2020, we have a few spots left. So, if you want to spend your days close to beautiful Alaska bears, check out the link for more details!

Fishing Brown Bear

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Brown bear, Baranof Island, Alaska.
Brown bear, Baranof Island, Alaska.

This guy was picky, throwing back the male salmon, and keeping only the females in which he largely only ate the row leaving the rest of the salmon for the eagles. Here you can see some of the row squirting out as he carries it.